|2010, Two Trails Publishing
Linda Ellis Benedetti
92 pages, paperback
Every family has a scandal hidden in the folds of the curtain dropped down over the evil deed at the time it happened. My family scandal eventually made its way to a book I published in 2011 Blackmail and Murder in a Small Town.
In Blackmail & Murder in a Small Town, the story of C. G. Jesse is traced from the time he came to Missouri as a young man in 1874 until the fateful events in 1899. The murder victim, newspaper owner and editor Frank Griffin, was not highly regarded by all in Maryville. Along with his alleged persecution of C. G. Jesse, Griffin was suspected of blackmailing others in town, setting the stage for not just one, but two interesting trials. Photographs of the family provide perfect illustrations for this story, and Benedetti credits the staff of the Midwest Genealogy Center for help in her research.